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new fw 8860 for x25-e

I bought X-25-E 64GB some days ago. There are FW 8860. But in official site only FW 8850 is.

What is it? New FW without announcement?

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I saw that too and I am really interested for an answer

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I just bought a new X25-E 32 GB with the new 8860 firmware.

But i want to build RAID 1 with an older X25-E for a production server.

I want the drives to have identical FW's for optimal performance and stability.

Intel can you please inform us when we be able to upgrade X25-E to FW 8860?

For me this is a pretty urgent matter.

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I had six X25-E 64GB SSDs that I got in mid-2009, and I am building a production server with eight of them in an array on an Adaptec 5805. So I bought three more (to have one spare too) but noticed that my new ones were firmware 8860. Like the previous poster, I don't feel good about mixing firmware revisions on the same RAID array, seems risky especially since this is a production server. I have now contacted Intel twice by phone and once by email. I was promised callbacks after both phone conversations and received none (it's been about three weeks since the first call). No reply to the email. So I've spent over $2000 on SSDs that I can't use until firmware 8860 is posted so that I can update the older SSDs. This is now officially holding up my project (in addition to occupying cash that I barely had in the first place). PLEASE INTEL, AT LEAST TELL ME SOMETHING. If there's anyone out there who wants to swap older X25-Es for newer, contact me.

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Another month passed by still no sign of a firmware update...

If other customers also want to upgrade to fw 8860 for X25-e, please post a reply here.

Maybe then it will get Intel's attention.

Intel, please informs us of the status of a possible fw upgrade, thanks!

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Found this:

http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:W0Lv9wcmXW4J:content.intel.pcnalert.com/dm/d.aspx/34D8E2AE... http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:W0Lv9wcmXW4J:content.intel.pcnalert.com/dm/d.aspx/34D8E2AE...

Description of Change to the Customer:

Intel is upgrading the firmware for its High Performance X25-E SLC Solid-State Drives to version 8860. This change provides incremental improvements from the previous version. Inventory will transition in the Intel factory on or beyond the above date.( Jan 04, 2009)

The following changes apply:

MM# 896432

The SA# changes from E41512-906 to E41512-907

MM# 896474

The SA# changes from E41512-906 to E41512-907

MM# 899386

The SA# changes from E56514-904 to E56514-905

MM# 899387

The SA# changes from E56514-904 to E56514-905

MM# 904475

The SA# changes from E78714-905 to E78714-906

MM# 904476

The SA# changes from E78719-903 to E78719-904

MM# 904473

The SA# changes from E77779-905 to E77779-906

MM# 904474

The SA# changes from E77775-903 to E77775-904

Please contact your Field Sales Personnel for additional details.

Customer Impact of Change and Recommended Action:

No Customer Impacts are anticipated.

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Thanks, redux!

My "old" X25-E has FW 8790 and SA: E41512-904 which isn't listed in the document.

Does that imply that I wont be able to upgrade my ssd IF Intel releases a new FW update?

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just checked, my ssd has MM# : 896432 which is listed in the document

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Looks like something went wrong again with 8860 firmware. At least I don't see it anywhere except some korean web pages, with no access....

Message was edited by: w00thisButtonDo&# 13; &# 13; http://www.myssd.co.kr/read.html?tkind=7&lkind=39&mkind=509&page=1&num=499875 http://www.myssd.co.kr/read.html?tkind=7&lkind=39&mkind=509&page=1&num=499875&# 13; &# 13; If somebody can download it let me know

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I have just bought X25-E (firmware 8860) and got a problem with motherboard Gigabyte P67A-UD5-B3:

X25-E is'not recognized as AHCI drive on SATA600 controller...

X25-M is recognized, but X25-E is not recognized on SATA600 controller.

I cannot even boot from HDD.

By the way, on SATA300 controller there is no problems with both SSDs

I Have found words about improvments on latest(Jan 2011) firmware for X25-M and SATA600 ( http://downloadmirror.intel.com/18363/eng/Release%20Notes.PDF http://downloadmirror.intel.com/18363/eng/Release%20Notes.PDF ) , but there is no fresh firmware for X25-E...

Is it possible to found fresh firmare (may be beta) for X25-E with improvments SATA600?

I don't know why evenlatest firmware 8860 is absent on support.intel.com, there is only 8850 there.

p.s. I have a lot of issues and searches for new firmware in Internet:

http://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-current/2009-November/013629.html http://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-current/2009-November/013629.html

/thread/14755 http://communities.intel.com/thread/14755

http://www.storagereview.com/how_improve_low_ssd_performance_intel_series_5_chipset_environments http://www.storagereview.com/how_improve_low_ssd_performance_intel_series_5_chipset_environments

/message/101696# 101696 http://communities.intel.com/message/101696# 101696

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I have sent an email to Intel regarding the same issue - I now have 4 Intel X25-E that are in *3* different firmware verions:

8850 = The last official release so all my older ones can update to this

8860 = One of my newer Intel X25-E

8862 = The latest one I have purchased...

I am feeling extremely uncomfortable about mixing them in a RAID setup - but this is life.

I hope Intel can really answer my email this time, but I would not be surprised if they just ignore my email like last time they did...

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